RUDDY DUCK BREWERY AND GRILL

RUDDY DUCK BREWERY AND GRILL

Before moving down to southern Maryland, I had read about the Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill, a restaurant that diners in the area praised for its house-brewed beers, casual atmosphere, and delicious food. My friends Mike and Tina also frequented the restaurant quite often, and echoed the same comments that I had read about the restaurant. So, one weekend afternoon, I decided it was time to head across the Route 4 bridge and try the place. Continue reading

SILVER SKEWERS

SILVER SKEWERS

When it comes to cuisines, there are several that I generally frequent more than others: Chinese, Mexican, Italian, American, to name a few. Once in a while though, it’s nice to branch out and give something different a try. I’ve had some good experiences with Middle Eastern cuisines before, once in California and once in Virginia. When I saw that there was a well-reviewed Persian restaurant up in Waldorf, I was very interested to give Silver Skewers a try. Continue reading

GRAFFIATO

GRAFFIATO

Top Chef All-Stars (Season 8) was probably one of my favorites of the series, since it managed to bring together a wide variety of personalities and competitors from all seven seasons prior. Although I hadn’t watched Chef Mike Isabella while he was on Top Chef Las Vegas (Season 6), I got to watch his entire run to the finale during All-Stars, facing off against Richard Blais, who I had been rooting for during his run on Top Chef Chicago (Season 4).

Fast forward now a few years. It was during a conversation with my friend Mark that he tells me about this restaurant he had really enjoyed called Graffiato. He then mentioned that I would probably recognize the name of the owner: Mike Isabella. I had forgotten that he had opened some restaurants in D.C., and Graffiato subsequently bumped up quite a few notches on my list for restaurants to check out. Continue reading

TEARIFFIC CAFE

TEARIFFIC CAFE

Growing up, I would go out with my family to Chinatown in New York City a lot to visit my grandparents. We would always get take out from a number of different Chinese restaurants, so I got the chance to sample a lot of different dishes. Aside from developing an immense love for fried rice and roast pork, I had another dish that I always liked due to both its simplicity and flavor profile: Singapore chow mei fun. It was something that we frequently got whenever we went into the city, and now having moved away from the area, I was hard pressed to find a place that made it close to what I could find in Chinatown. That is where southern Maryland surprised me again. Continue reading